Daily World News Digest, 11 May 2017

First study on Ezidi genocide

The Daily Sabah reported on Thursday that at least 9,900 of Iraq’s Ezidi community were killed or kidnapped in just days in a Da’esh attack in 2014, citing a report published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine. According to the first study to document the number of Ezidi casualties, which could be used as evidence in any trial for genocide, about 3,100 Ezidis were killed and about 6,800 kidnapped to become sex slaves or fighters. Legal experts have said gathering evidence of the attacks is crucial since members of Da’esh could go on trial for genocide in the future. http://bit.ly/2r4gBFB

Italy refused to help Syrian refugees

On Wednesday, Newsweek carried a story about new audio tapes that suggest that Italian authorities allowed hundreds of Syrian refugees to drown in 2013 despite being told their boat was in danger. The recordings reveal that on 10 October 2013 the Italian coastguard was told about the danger the boat was in almost five hours before it capsized, but that officials refused to help. A boat with as many as 480 people on board capsized 61 nautical miles south of the Lampedusa island, killing 268 refugees, 60 of them children. http://bit.ly/2pneGif

UN Security Council ambassadors urged to support Yemeni civil society

On Wednesday, Just Security, a human rights and national security portal, reported that international civil liberties and human rights groups are urging ambassadors on the UN Security Council to take action to support Yemeni civil society, in the face of recent attempts by the government of Yemen to silence and intimidate renowned Yemeni human rights advocates. In a joint letter, the groups expressed their concern over the continued arbitrary arrests, detentions, and harassment of civil society advocates and activists by Houthi-Saleh forces in northern Yemen. http://bit.ly/2q4X1uT

Flood of Congolese refugees puts strain on Angola

International Business Times carried a story on Wednesday about Angola’s struggles to admit Congolese refugees. The article cites Ernesto Muangala, the governor of Lunda Norte, who says that at least 20,000 Congolese refugees have arrived in this Angolan province in the past month. The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region has already displaced more than one million civilians since it began in August 2016. Angola is currently hosting some 56,700 refugees and asylum seekers, of whom, close to 25,000 are from the DRC. http://bit.ly/2q5Ixuf

Mass grave found near Berlin with remains of Soviet soldiers from Second World War

International Business Times reported on Wednesday that the remains of at least 21 Second World War Soviet soldiers have been found in the town of Seelow, 70 kilometres east of Berlin, during the construction work. Experts will try to identify the remains that have been found. A number of remains are believed still to be buried in the area. http://bit.ly/2qVyIk4

Items in Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.